Flora of Forest Park now available
This publication, written by Dave Lovejoy and sponsored by the Naturalists’ Club, provides a history of the Park dating back to the first Park Commission in 1883. It also examines changes in the Park’s flora since the time of Luman Andrews’ Flora of Springfield of a century ago. Readers with some familiarity with the scientific names of plants will find this book easier to use, but common names are also included and there is a separate index to common names. The bulk of the book is the species accounts of all the higher plants (no algae and mosses) known from the Park. For each species, its presence in the early 1900s is compared to its current status. The additional 30 pages of text describe the Park vegetation and its changes, native and invasive species, how the study was conducted, and (the largest section) history of the Park.
The cost is $15 with $3 additional requested if a copy is mailed to you. All proceeds go to the Club treasury.
Please contact Dave at [email protected] or at Department of Biology, Westfield State University, POB 1630, Westfield MA 01086 if interested in a copy.